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Portrait of bride and groom by church

This year, for the second time, the awards will include a Start-Up Award category to recognise the efforts of entrepreneurs.

Mandurah Cruises, a company that operates a fleet of vessels offering tours, weddings, parties and functions, has already entered the awards, hoping it will highlight its position as a leading local enterprise.

Managing director Rod Bishop said his company entered the awards to recognise the tireless efforts of his team to achieve excellence.

Telstra Business Group managing director and awards ambassador Will Irving said the awards provided a chance to celebrate and reward the entrepreneurial spirit and leadership that was vital to the Australian economy.

‘The Telstra Australian Business Awards recognise those business founders and leaders who have turned ideas into a commercial success,” he said.

‘The awards are also instrumental in growing and establishing sustainable businesses by providing each entrant with an individual Business Health Check report that evaluates their performance against international benchmarks.

‘From start-ups to well established businesses, Aussie business founders are creating jobs, driving economic value in local communities and taking their expertise and innovations to the world.’

The five categories include the Start-Up Award, Micro-Business Award, Small Business Award, Medium Business Award and Regional Award.